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For information on this page, contact:
Shaili Pfeiffer
Water Use Section
Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater

Water use administrative rules

The department has several administrative rules to implement the Great Lakes Compact and associated statewide water use regulations.

Rules in effect

NR 850 - Water use fees

Contact: Chris Fuchsteiner

NR 852 - Water conservation and water use efficiency

Contact: Bob Smail

NR 856 - Water use registration and reporting

Contact for registration: Chris Fuchsteiner
Contact for reporting: Bob Smail

NR 860 - Water use permitting

Contact: Nicki Clayton

Rules in development

NR 854 - Water supply service area plans

Current status: Drafting

  • Public water systems throughout the state that serve a population of 10,000 or more are required to develop a water supply service area plan by 2025. Public water systems located in the Great Lakes basin that are seeking a new or increased withdrawal, or communities seeking a diversion of Great Lakes water, must prepare a plan prior to the new or increased withdrawal or diversion. This rule will specify the procedures and requirements for these plans.

Contact: Chris Fuchsteiner

Additional administrative rules

Current status: Drafting

  • Water use public participation – this rule will establish the requirements for public participation for proposals to divert Great Lakes basin water.
  • Water loss and consumptive use – this rule will establish the methods for determining the amount of water loss from different types of water use.

Contact: Nicki Clayton

Last revised: Thursday August 15 2019